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reform and taxes beyond the top clinton rate. so i think to say the democrats are operating at a higher proficiency level at the moment politically that's true, how long that lasts is the question. and without -- it's interesting because their fates are linked. if the republicans don't play a partnership role as you were saying to find some common ground, then i think the whole system once again is going to become evermore dysfunctional in the eyes of the voters. >> can it get more dysfunctional? there have been many iterations of cantor. on immigration, he backs the path to citizenship on some. on guns, he wants to improve current back joupd checks but is inconclusive as far as fight tightening or increasing an expansion of background checks. and he tries to shift the conversation away from fiscal policy because i think cantor understands, and perhaps correctly so, that republicans don't care about the american electorate or middle class, they just care about cutting taxes. so he wants this kinder friendlier gop message. the problem is there are still the people in -- there are still t
. we saw it before with democrats. you saw the emergence, of course, of bill clinton, who was the new democrat, and you saw in some ways the only way that george bush was able to run was he sort of had a different idea about republicans too. this whole idea of compassionate conservatism. >> i have the same head-scratcher that ryan has with all of this stuff, which is that i don't understand how they square the circle between the policies that the base and the limbaughs of the world, you know, really believe fundamentally and candidates who are supposed to look different or speak different or somehow make it more kinder and gentler. look, if you are just against immigration, if you are just really about slashing and burning government services, including medicare, which, by the way, even a majority of tea partiers say they like, then you're not going to get elected. i don't care how you dress it up. >> it's interesting that you say that because i think in addition to realizing they need to move on things like immigration or women's health care, there is now a call by some in the elder
maiden voyage as secretary of state. will he carry the majdz mantle of obama or clinton? we'll discuss kerry's world tour when p.j. crowley joins us next on "now." ♪ you know my heart burns for you... ♪ i'm up next, but now i'm singing the heartburn blues. hold on, prilosec isn't for fast relief. cue up alka-seltzer. it stops heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! because every flake is double-toasted... splashed with sweet honey... and covered in rich double-roasted peanuts. mmm. [ hero ] yummy. [ male announcer ] kellogg's crunchy nut. it's super delicious! [ male announcer ] kellogg's crunchy nut. ♪ ♪ no two people have the same financial goals. pnc works with you to understand yours and help plan for your retirement. visit a branch or call now for your personal retirement review. sdmrirchlgt as the u.s. continues to -- john kerry embarked on his first overseas voyage as secretary of state. kerry's destination choice didn't come from the white house playbook. some white house officials wanted him to follow in clinton's foot steps bay making his maiden overseas trip a to
was to the right of hillary clinton during the xanl for going into pakistan and not -- he -- >> john mccain. >> on pakistan he was, right. this shouldn't be that big of a surprise that he is hawkish. this has been one of the central tensions, but sort of aspects of the obama presidency. >> i hear what you're saying. at the same time, you know, he came into office under the banner of no longer will there be black sites. we are closing gitmo. extraordinary rendition. these kind of practices put in place by george w. bush. that is going to be -- we're going to close that chapter in american history. what this reveals is that that chapter is far from being closed. it's still being written. >> we are still arguing based on the movie "zero dark thirty" whether or not enhanced interrogation, torture, helped us get osama bin laden, and you hear conflicting reports about whether or not that was true. if you ask the average person, does interrogation enhance interrogation, does torture work? you'll get ten different anz. we are as a country very much grappling with these questions and trying to s
years ago when clinton came to office it kind of spiked. it's really spiked since 2009. this is taking a whole new direction. this is actually the third cabinet nominee that's been subjected to some kind of a filibuster, but the other two, one under reagan and one under bush, were totally symbolic. it was jesse helm that the cloture vote was 85-4. dirk kempthorn and bill nelson running -- >> i love when people name dirk kempthorn. >> this is -- i think the real dangerous precedent that's being set here, though, is let's say that this is partly lindsey graham posturing for 2014 in south carolina so he will eventually drop his objection and john mccain will go along. >> the mccain piece is interesting to me, though. a lot of people are saying watch where mccain goes. he has gone back and forth on this. an elder statesman of the senate who has respect for preer and the upper chamber. >> but he has such a strong personal relationship with lindsay graham, and lindsay graham is so personally invested in his 2014 re-election and being seen as the guy who is fighting the obama administration o
on him, frankly. i mean, i think if i was trying to imagine if hillary clinton or michelle florida had seemed as unprepared as he had been. yes, the senate was grandstanding. >> we agree, right? >> let's just say that he had eight weeks to prepare for these kinds of grandstanding attacks, fair or unfair, and he has seemed completely blindsided by them. i mean, we haven't even mentioned the fact that he had to be passed a note about the policy on iran containment. that he misstated the administration's policy. i mean, yes, he is going to be confirmed. no one was particularly excited even the people who were in his camp when it comes to defense spending. >> i mean, the main reason for this nomination was to stick a finger in john mccain's eye. they have succeeded in that. >> do you really think that? >> i don't think it's between obama and hagel. >> not the only -- >> i hope it's not. >> you -- you've -- you're known to orbit around the white house from time to time. >> right. >> when the soup of the day is particularly tasty. i'm kidding. this is all out of love. glen -- >> potato chedd
for bill clinton in the early 1990s, and the democrats felt locked out of the white house just as much as the republicans might think they are now. some of the changes clinton pushed were -- ultimately, that's the way to stay a robust party able to compete for a new country, and, you know, it is a new country. it's more diverse. it's more urban. we have had moves to the cities for years, but then they moved that to the suburbs. now even the suburbs are moving back to the cities. this is the future of the country, and we need everybody to be playing for that broad majority. >> when we talk about the republicans building a bigger tent, so we just finished talking about immigration, and it seems like whether it's eric cantor or marco rubio, there are voice that is want to be more inclusive. whether now or later. the reality, though, is that on a parallel track you have gop governors who are pursuing changes to the electoral college system. the redistricting in 2010 sort of cemented red versus blue rather than anything purple. there is the filibuster -- the use of the filibuster, which jon
of the problem. these comparisons with obama. obama kind of followed the hillary clinton strategy of keep your head down, do the work, don't let yourself get sort of sucked into the celebrity of the fact that you are a part of the senate, but actually, you know, get some marks on the board, really do something. instead, what you see with rubio, it's like he is trying so hard to, like, be on the cover and be popular and, yet, the preview of his remarks tonight where he is talking about the correlation between the debt and unemployment, he is completely wrong or during the hearings when he was talking about foreign policy. he sounded like he had no idea how these things actually work even though the words sounded very lovely all mixed together like that. >> rick, i think part of that maybe perhaps is that you can't actually tie yourself to specific policy in the current republican party. i mean, the thing about -- the difference between barack obama and hillary clinton is that they really weren't that far apart in terms of actual policy. there were a few measurable differences that were -- a lot
of the middle class. >> this is the trap i think they set. this is the trap republicans fell into with clinton in '97. they used to make fun of the small bore things. and it's poll-tested. >> it's very well poll-tested. >> minimum wage, universal precare. the high school race to the top equivalency scales. yes, it's government getting wolfed. he's talking about things that people worry about. education is a large part of it. it's about the economy, but it's about its connection to education. that's where the republicans, if they sit there and say, but he didn't talk about the debt, he didn't talk about the debt, they got to be careful. >> you wonder how it's about poll-testing this morning, joel bennett, the president's pollster was talking about climate change and how well they were polling. >> and it also forces john boehner to make statements like this. i've read this five times. a lot of people who are being paid the minimum wage are being paid that because they come to the workforce with no skills and this, an increase in the minimum wage makes it harder for them to acquire the skills the
, these aren't hillary clinton hearings. you know, i think everybody realizes, both sides, that the hagel hearings did not go well. he did not come off well. this was never going to be an elgabt process, but it is now very inelgapt. >> decidedly inelegant. at its root, it comes back to something very basic. if i was a wiser and smarter telephone host, i would have brought this up earlier. senator lee bright is the problem for chuck hagel. he is the guy that is maybe going to give lindsey graham a primary chal epg, governor rendell. lindsay graham has been having meetings with the tea partiers, the club for growth. he is intent on solidifying the political base because he is worried about the next election, and if lindsey graham wasn't so worried, maybe there would be more bipartisanship in the upper chamber, and maybe all these legislative -- this kabuk eh dance would never happen brsh. >> that's a hard thinking to do anything about. we had a chance to do something about a procedure that is dysfunctional and basically flawed, and we democrats took a pass on it. i go back to that. we're re
owners. i point to the example of bill clinton who said, listen, you can't alienate these people. they are americans just like us. we have to understand that this is part of tropical depression. i want to play a little bit of sound from joe biden yesterday. >> i was just thinking about him. >> teeed up just for you. let's lisp to what the vice president had to say. >> guess what, a shotgun will keep you a lot safer. a double barrel shotgun. you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun, have the shells, the .12 gauge shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to aim. it's harder to use. and, in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. >> he says buy a shotgun again tend just for emphasis in case we were wondering what joe biden thinks people should buy for self-protection. it's kind of uncomfortable as i think that made a lot of people biden saying i tell jill just go outside if you think something is going wrong, fire two rounds into the sky, as much as we don't
press conferences than bill clinton, george h.w. bush, or george w. bush. >> really. that doesn't surprise me at all. >> we know that he did have an off the record sitdown yesterday with some members of the news media off the record. maybe one day that will be on the record. >> the reverend al sharpton just interviewed him, and al will be on my show this sunday when we have this discussion. >> by proxy you are intifg the white house. >> that's about as close as i go. i basically said can you get me someone who has talked to the president? >> there are a lot of stewards. >> that seems -- >> chris, you're going to be talking more about this this weekend on "up." sfwla yes, excitedly. >> i can see. >> the theories abound. thank you as always, my friend, for joining us. >> be sure to catch chris on "up" this and every weekend on msnbc at 8:00 a.m. eastern. coming up, politics on the sell ver screen. hollywood took on some heavy topics to entertain us this year. we will talk to the legendary james lipton about this year's best next on "now." ♪ [ female announcer ] almost nothing ca
headed between a fight between hillary clinton and joe biden. both launched their careers in the 1970s. what will their slogan be? another century of southwest? but on our side we have paul ryan, nikki hailey, marco rubio, chris christie, jeb bush, susannah martinez, and more. who has the best opportunity to win that generational battle?" howard, five of those seven people, i think i'm counting right, are governors, and it would be really interesting to see where the gop goes. as we have discussed, the governors have more of a bipartisan approach to legislate and to policy and to governing. how does that translate to the republican party? >> to joy's point, what's interesting, is that the governor who's are really thinking about running for president are taking these rather extreme idealogical positions when it comes to issue like medicaid. if they're repositioning themselves towards the center, it's not necessarily the ones who will be running for president. they are very worried still about getting through the republican primary process, and if the republican primary process looks li
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